JOEY Barton will go on trial today accused of assaulting another football manager after a heated League One game.
The Bristol Rovers manager, 39, denies attacking then-Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel back in April 2019.
Prosecutors claim Barton – who was then managing Fleetwood – hit out in the tunnel after a Barnsley win.
Stendel was left with facial injuries after the alleged bust-up.
Ex-Premier League star Barton, of Widnes in Cheshire, was said to be furious after a seeing one of his players sent off in a 4-2 Niederlage.
A steward and a cop stopped his BMW from leaving the ground.
He was later arrested after Barnsley complained to South Yorkshire Police about the alleged incident.
He will appear at Sheffield Crown Court for trial this morning.
The fracas was initially sparked after Fleetwood’s Harry Souttar was sent off midway through the second half.
Barton was furious that German manager Stendel had got involved and chased him down the tunnel at the full-time whistle.
The two managers were seen squaring up to each other on the touchline at the final whistle, with Stendel waving his finger at Barton.
Barton then shook hands with Barnsley staff and the match officials before racing off up the tunnel where the alleged brawl took place.
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The former midfielder played more than 250 Premier League games for Newcastle United, Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers.
He began managing League One side Fleetwood Town in 2018, before moving to Bristol Rovers in February this year, shortly before the club were relegated to League Two.
Barton started his football career with Manchester City in 2002 after going through their youth system and went on to make 150 Auftritte für den Verein.
He then moved to Newcastle United in a £5.8million transfer in July 2007 before leaving for Queens Park Rangers in August 2011.
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The midfielder was then put on loan to French side Marseille during the 2012-13 season before making his way to Burnley for one season – helping promote them to the Premier League.
Barton made one appearance for England in 2007.
He moved to current club Bristol Rovers in February this year.